What's the name of that veil thing that a lot of these characters, especially in Film Noir, wear?
I believe it's called a veil.
Possibly intended to indicate widowhood (ie. suckering guys into believing that she's emotionally vulnerable and currently unattached), in which case, it would come under the heading of widow's weeds.
This troper has a small black hat with a veil like that. I also have blue eyes, dark hair, and a tendency to carry around roses. I'm also coy, vindictive, and bitter. Does this mean I'm in danger of joining the Femme Fatale ranks?
It, appropriately enough, is called a "fascinator". Yeah.
The "fascinator" is very closely related to the "cocktail hat" (worn during the evening) and the "pillbox hat" (worn during the daytime). Both styles also often come with partial- or full-face veils. Hmmmm...maybe this is a trope, or sub-trope, in itself?
Why is it that so many people get confused of the difference the definitions of Femme Fatale and Dark Action Girl? I seriously thought it isn't that hard to discern.
What, precisely, makes this type attractive to so many people? It probably isn't the personality per se—we'd all want to strangle any guy who acted like this. Are there different personality standards for girls like this? Is it just so rare for a likeable girl to fit the standard Femme Fatale physical type that people who're attracted to that physical type take what they can get? Is it some sort of masochism thing?
Putting aside the fact that you're basically asking a combination of "why do people have different tastes than I do?" and "why is evil sexy?", bear in mind that many of the original film noir femmes fatales weren't dangerous so much because they planned to do bad things to the hero, but because getting involved in their lives meant having to take on whatever shady figures were out to get them. They're the kind of woman you should know better than to get involved with because they have so much baggage, not someone who's actively out to get you.
Who's in the page image? Can't recognise the movie, and I haven't found any clues in the article (or maybe I'm not paying attention? Hard to read while headbanging)...
This bugged me too, until I did an image search. It's not from a movie or tv show, it's from a Vanity Fair photo spread on Film Noir, a photo shoot by Annie Leibowitz. The actress is Jennifer Connelly. I found it here.